This is actually something one of my students asked me in an interview, and I’ve been playing it with people and it’s just so much fun, and the same thing keeps happening –everyone knows exactly who to put in slots 1-8 (but exactly – well, maybe a little dithering around slots 3 and 4, but only a bit): but then when they hit slots 9 and 10 they’re stuck. They can’t commit.
Here’s the question.
You have to – HAVE TO – build a DWEM canon.
It HAS to be Dead White European Males.
No fair trying to sneak Sappho or some African in there, either.
It’s THE canon of DWEMs.
What ten guys do you pick?
Here’s my ten guys:
1. The Bible (counts as one guy and leave me alone, cause it does.)
3. Plato (I count Socrates as part of Plato and you can leave me alone about that one too.)
4. Herodotus (mr. delagar gives me shit over this one, but read him some time, the guy invented history)
5. Ovid (I considered Virgil, but he's just Homer redux, and Ovid is actually doing something new and interesting, not to mention he's mocking Augustus's drive for Family Values, and look what it got him, Tumis is what it got him, also Ovid has a huge influence on Western Lit from this point on, so Ovid, definitely)
Maybe Freud for nine? Or Darwin? Possibly Chekhov…Rrrrr….But who for ten? Is there a ten?
See, I’m stuck. And everyone I know gets stuck there.
This says something. But I'm not sure what.
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